Re: Feeling overwhelmed and needing reassurance
try when baby and you are in good moods - rested, fed, happy. and the SECOND you get baby in, start moving. walk. even better to do this outside. walking, as briskly as you can, is better than swaying and bouncing.
when DS was little, i would put him in, and he would often fuss, and i'd take the dog around the block, about a 10 min walk. if he was still fussing by the end of that walk, i reevaluated - sometime i took him out, sometimes i could tell he was about to conk out. almost always, for the first maybe 5 months, that would get me a solid 2-3 hour nap midday.
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